These days, every week seems like a year in Washington.
It's one, new major battle after another: political knife-fighting at unparalleled levels using alarming language and tactics. It's a bloodbath in Washington, and some want it to stay that way. Just read the language here from Senator Elizabeth Warren after Jeff Sessions' confirmation as Attorney General:
That is a senator, who has sat in the same chamber as Sessions for four years, calling her colleague a:
Warren goes on to call all senators who voted for the Attorney General guilty of “radical hatred”:
Warren was censured by her colleagues for such remarks, leading to another outcry. However, the move prompted somewhat of a silver lining. I give you Marco Rubio: Junior Senator from Florida, responding to the Senate's current state of ugly decorum. Listen:
An important part of the speech here:
I want people to think about our politics here today in America because I am telling you, guys, I don’t know of a single nation in the history of the world that has been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of people in that country. This is the most important country in the world. And this body cannot function if people are offending one another, and that’s why those rules are in place.
I was not here when Secretary Clinton was nominated as a member of this body at the time. But I can tell you, I am just barely old enough to know that some very nasty things have been written and said about Secretary Clinton. And I think the Senate should be very proud that during her nomination to be Secretary of State, despite the fact that I imagine many people were not excited about the fact that she would be Secretary of State, to my recollection, and perhaps I’m incorrect, not a single one of those horrible things that have been written [or] said about her, some of which actually did accuse her of wrongdoing, were ever uttered on the floor of the Senate.
I happen to remember in 2004 when then-Senator Kerry ran for president. Some pretty strong things were written, said about him. I was here for that vote when he was nominated and confirmed to be Secretary of State. And I don’t recall a single statement being written into the record about the things that have been said about him.
And I want everybody to understand at the end of the night, this is not a partisan issue. It really is not. I can tell you this with full confidence, if one of my colleagues on this side of the aisle had done that, I would like to think that I would have been one of the people objecting,
Rubio's public critiques do not stop at the doorway of the Democratic party. Here are a few times the primary challenger to Donald Trump has taken the president and his Cabinet to task in their brief tenure:
So, maybe more of this:
And less of this:
Editor's note: This story previously said Warren accused Sessions of “racial hatred” instead of “radical hatred.” We regret the error.